Basement Laundry Room

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Basement Laundry Room

Unlike the typical 10-foot by 10-foot kitchen or the 5-foot by 8-foot bathroom, laundry rooms have no standard size. That’s why many laundry rooms end up in awkward places or banished to a dark and dingy basement. “They become afterthoughts,” says designer Amber Linse.But if you’re lucky enough to have space for a washer and dryer in your home, it makes a job that everyone hates a bit more manageable. So homeowners and designers are always looking for the best solutions for where to put the laundry room. Should it be near the bedrooms? Or should it be off the kitchen? What about in a bathroom?The truth is, it depends on a variety of factors, including your lifestyle, how much laundry you do and whether you care if guests see your piles of dirty clothes come laundry day. “There’s never one be-all, end-all best spot,” says designer Joanne Padvaiskas. With that in mind, we wanted to explore the pros and cons of putting the laundry room in the kitchen, bedroom, closet, bathroom and more. Here’s what to know to help you decide where you should put yours.
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Basement Laundry Room

Rock Paper Hammer Multiple UnitsFor many busy families, having two laundry rooms makes sense. Padvaiskas sees many clients with large families keep small laundry machines near or in the kitchen for small loads and have a larger laundry room upstairs near the bedrooms or in the basement. “A lot of people wouldn’t think of it, but adding a second unit can actually be quite practical,” the designer says. That’s what the homeowners did with the powder bathroom shown here. These stackable units off the kitchen are used to keep on top of small loads, while larger units in the basement can tackle larger pieces like blankets and sheets. See more of this laundry room
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Basement Laundry Room

Multiple UnitsFor many busy families, having two laundry rooms makes sense. Padvaiskas sees many clients with large families keep small laundry machines near or in the kitchen for small loads and have a larger laundry room upstairs near the bedrooms or in the basement. “A lot of people wouldn’t think of it, but adding a second unit can actually be quite practical,” the designer says. That’s what the homeowners did with the powder bathroom shown here. These stackable units off the kitchen are used to keep on top of small loads, while larger units in the basement can tackle larger pieces like blankets and sheets. See more of this laundry room
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Basement Laundry Room

RI Kitchen & Bath Cons: If your home has two or more stories, then putting your laundry room on the main floor off the kitchen means that you’re a flight of stairs away from the bedrooms and hampers. On a busy laundry day, that means a lot of trips up and down. A laundry chute could cut down on some of those trips. But you’ll still have to carry the clothes back up. (Why haven’t more people turned those laundry chutes into dumbwaiters?)Also, washers and dryers make a lot of noise. If your kitchen is near a room where you enjoy quiet time, watching movies or entertaining with friends, you could have some noise issues. To get around that, you could install sound-insulation batting.How to Add a Laundry Chute
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Basement Laundry Room

Cons: If your home has two or more stories, then putting your laundry room on the main floor off the kitchen means that you’re a flight of stairs away from the bedrooms and hampers. On a busy laundry day, that means a lot of trips up and down. A laundry chute could cut down on some of those trips. But you’ll still have to carry the clothes back up. (Why haven’t more people turned those laundry chutes into dumbwaiters?)Also, washers and dryers make a lot of noise. If your kitchen is near a room where you enjoy quiet time, watching movies or entertaining with friends, you could have some noise issues. To get around that, you could install sound-insulation batting.How to Add a Laundry Chute
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Basement Laundry Room

In the Basement – A finished basement can be a great option for a laundry room. It’s out of the way of high-traffic areas and keeps the noise at bay. But if your basement is dark and dingy, then it’s probably not somewhere you’d like to spend a whole lot of time in. Pros: You and your guests don’t have to stare at the laundry, and you won’t feel pressured to rush to tidy up if guests drop by.
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Basement Laundry Room

Your laundry room doesn’t have to be a dingy, disorganized place full of cobwebs and dust bunnies. In this article, we’ll show you the first steps for converting an unfinished laundry area into a finished room. We’ll focus on the most useful upgrade—replacing your old laundry tub with a new, tidy countertop and sink. It involves rerouting plumbing in the walls and installing new cabinets. However, we won’t go into detail about cabinet installation, lighting, wall finishing, flooring or moving electrical outlets. A total laundry room makeover is an ambitious project, since it involves both electrical and plumbing skills. It’s not for a beginner. Altogether it’ll take four to five weekends to finish.
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Basement Laundry Room

Inspiration for a contemporary laundry room remodel in Detroit with white cabinets — HouzzThe money saved on finishing flooring, walls and ceiling can often be better spent on cabinets in your basement laundry area. This basement is a new build, and the concrete floors are sealed, the stairs are painted a deep gray, and the ceiling is left exposed. There’s a clean white bank of cabinets with a countertop, adding storage and a place to fold. This technically unfinished space is inviting as well as practical. — jacqbern EmbedEmailQuestion
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place architecture:design In a BathroomFor this family home in Virginia, Stubb was tasked with finding space for a laundry room where there wasn’t any space before. The family had already added a second floor to their one-story home and didn’t have the budget to add a laundry room to the reconfigured space downstairs, where they really wanted the laundry to be located. Stubb came up with the solution to tuck stacked units into a new guest bathroom off the kitchen. “Being from Scandinavia, they were used to the European philosophy of utilizing more than one space for two different uses,” the designer says.
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In a BathroomFor this family home in Virginia, Stubb was tasked with finding space for a laundry room where there wasn’t any space before. The family had already added a second floor to their one-story home and didn’t have the budget to add a laundry room to the reconfigured space downstairs, where they really wanted the laundry to be located. Stubb came up with the solution to tuck stacked units into a new guest bathroom off the kitchen. “Being from Scandinavia, they were used to the European philosophy of utilizing more than one space for two different uses,” the designer says.
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10 Easy Laundry Room Storage Solutions The laundry need not be a mere workroom. Add style, convenience, and organization with these easy laundry room storage solutions.
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LOCATION In the typical home, the laundry room is in the basement, and for good reason: Washers and dryers are notoriously noisy contraptions. With advancements in their technology, however, these machines have grown quieter. As a result, more and more homeowners are choosing to locate the laundry room closer to main living areas, especially those rooms where clothing tends to come off—namely, bedrooms and bathrooms.
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The basement laundry area features a brushed stainless steel counter-top with a built in ironing board. The room lighting is recessed halogen pot lights on a motion sensor mounted in the ceiling. Four large drawers are labeled and sort soiled laundry into whites, dark’s, colors and delicates.
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27. Managing laundry for a big household? Build a laundry sorter to hold everyone’s basket. View this image › hoosierhomemade.com There are many different ways to use one of these, and it all depends on your home and what works for you. If you’re washing laundry for someone else, you could put their clean clothes in their basket when you’re done, and they can come pick it up and take it back to their closet. Learn how to build this one here. ID: 6189301
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27. Managing laundry for a big household? Build a laundry sorter to hold everyone’s basket. View this image › hoosierhomemade.com There are many different ways to use one of these, and it all depends on your home and what works for you. If you’re washing laundry for someone else, you could put their clean clothes in their basket when you’re done, and they can come pick it up and take it back to their closet. Learn how to build this one here.
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The money saved on finishing flooring, walls and ceiling can often be better spent on cabinets in your basement laundry area. This basement is a new build, and the concrete floors are sealed, the stairs are painted a deep gray, and the ceiling is left exposed. There’s a clean white bank of cabinets with a countertop, adding storage and a place to fold. This technically unfinished space is inviting as well as practical. — jacqbern

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